Dimapur, April 27: The NSCN (IM) has likened Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent statement on Naga Flag to wrecking the Indo-Naga ceasefire agreement at the wrong time.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, the NSCN (IM) expressed its objection to “somebody other than the Prime of India making critical statement on crucially important issue like the Naga National Flag”.
Shah had reportedly told Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang that the Centre had sent its proposed Naga solution to the NSCN (IM) in early March this year and reiterated that the issue of flag and constitution is non-negotiable.
“Naturally, Nagas were blazing with indignation when the Union Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah in his meeting with Nagaland Chief Minister in New Delhi stated that he is willing to hoist the Naga flag on Naga Day if invited for the occasion. But at the same time he said he is against granting a separate Naga flag and constitution to the Nagas. This is nothing less than a terrible sense of humorous insult to the Naga people. How can somebody in a high position have the temerity of playing drama and tamasha on such sentimental issues that are inseparable for Naga political solution?
“The elusive Naga political issue cannot be undermined by giving the Union Home Minister a freewheeling power to make a meaningless statement bereft of political drive towards Naga political solution. It is highly a preposterous idea for the GoI to disallow Naga flag to be used in Government offices and establishments but only to be used as a merry-making item in cultural functions. Nothing would come more outrages than this absurdity. And Nagas are never going to tolerate this kind of irresponsible and hollow utterance emanating from Mr. Amit Shah,” read the press release.
According to the NSCN (IM), Nagas are not asking permission from the Centre to fly Naga flag but simply reiterating that GoI should not obstruct the usage of flag “which is our honour and political identity”.
It cannot also sideline the historical fact that the Naga flag was flown since 1947, even before India got independence from the British rule, the group stated.
“The Naga people need not be perturbed by the unilateral statement of Mr. Amit Shah when no bilateral decision has come about yet. Crucial outcome of the Indo-Naga political talks are to be made with the consent of the two parties with the full knowledge and blessing of the Prime Minister and not necessarily by the Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI which is not the authorized platform to make any official statement on Naga political solution at this critical stage,” it maintained. (Page News Service)